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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester


We are lucky to have a vibrant Performing Arts department within the Academy which encompasses Dance, Drama and Music. We have access to some wonderful facilities including; fully equipped Drama studio, Dance studio, Music room, Music IT suite and music practice rooms as well as a Recording Studio.

Music enriches the lives of children and provides them with an expressive language without words. Through inspiring teaching we hope to create a stimulating and innovative environment for students to develop their musical ability and creativity.

The Music Department aims to:

  • broaden the musical experience of all students
  • reflect students’ interests and aspirations
  • enable students to develop their full potential through practical activities
  • cater for all ability levels.

The Music department also has qualified instrumental teachers who come to the Academy to teach drums, guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard, singing, brass, woodwind and other instruments according to demand.  If you are interested in learning an instrument, please see Mrs Cook.

Key Stage 3


Year 7

Students explore a wide range of music. They will experience music from around the world and discover new instruments they may not have heard of before. Lessons are usually practical and students will perform using vocals, African drums and keyboards. They will also develop their composing skills. Topics covered include African Drumming, Vocal Skills and Instruments of the Orchestra.


Year 8

Students will have the opportunity to work in bands and use Music Technology. They will develop their ensemble performance skills by creating their own arrangements of Popular Songs. Students will have the opportunity to use Cubase to compose Music for Film and will explore Blues Music.



Key Stage 4


Year 9

Students can opt to study Music. They will learn the transitional skills that lead on to GCSE Music in Years 10 and 11. The course is practical based and suitable for students who are passionate about Music and would like to improve their skills. Topics covered include Song Writing and World Music.


The GCSE course follows naturally on from Key Stage 3 Music in the study of various styles of music through Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. Students take the OCR exam. This involves four specified Areas of Study in a blend of Coursework and a Final examination. Students will explore their own instrument through a Solo Performance and Composition for their instrument. They will learn about various different kinds of ensemble ranging from traditional Choral Music to Pop Songs and will perform in an ensemble. Dance Music and Film Music are also studied in depth and students have to the opportunity to compose in these styles.



Key Stage 5


A-Level Music

A-level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. Students will develop their skills in Composition, Performance, Listening and Appraising.


BTEC Music Level 3

The BTEC Level 3 Music pathway allows students to improve their skills as musicians, learning new styles of music and improving their ability to play with groups of musicians. Alongside the live work students will also learn how to write and produce music, backed-up with theoretical elements relating to the music business, music technology and music theory.


The course is suitable for musicians of an intermediate level or above. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on workplace situations, activities and demands.


A-Level Music Technology

Music Technology plays a key role in music across the globe. The A level course is designed to open up a range of exciting and useful skills to students, and to encourage them to learn about the subject. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original music using technology. The course is very practical and involves developing skills in sequencing and audio recording. Students also explore the development of Music Technology since 1910.


We have a new recording studio and A Level students have sole use of the MAC computers and Logic Pro X.

Performance Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including choir, vocal ensemble and jazz band. The Music, Dance and Drama departments work together to stage an annual musical. This year the show is We Will Rock You.

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